January Jones is one of those celebrities that I don’t know a whole lot about. Like, I know that she’s on Mad Men, and I know she was pretty mediocre in that X-Men movie. I also know that Zach Galifianakis is not a fan of hers, which speaks volumes to me. But probably the most I know about January Jones is that she’s the single mother of a baby boy and that no one has any idea who the father is. The most media attention January Jones has ever gotten was for the case of the mysterious paternity, and I was pretty certain that it would the be the most attention she’d ever get.
Oh, but wait, because it turns out that she’s eating her placenta:
Jones tells PEOPLE that the biggest challenge of being a mom on set was the exhaustion. “It was hard to work long days and then go home and not sleep,” says the actress. “It’s getting harder, not easier, so I’m a little concerned!”
Jones’s secret to staying high energy through the grueling shooting schedule? “I have a great doula who makes sure I’m eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation.”
You read right: Jones is eating her own placenta. “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins,” she explains. “It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.”
Jones has taken the capsules every day since right after she had her son, and also anytime she feels tired or down. Jones insists, “It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!”
I didn’t mislead you, did I? You didn’t think that January Jones had a bucket of placenta in the fridge that she pulled out and gnawed on whenever she felt a little tired, did you? Oh, goodness.
But you know, I’m sure that this is a perfectly wonderful thing to do. I’m sure that for some people, it’s beautiful and natural and the right thing to do. And she’s right, many animals do ingest their placentas after birth. What could be better? But here’s the flip side: animals ingest their placenta after giving birth mostly to get some solid nutrition and to get rid of the decaying organ that might attract predators, and neither of those issues really apply to humans. Most of the time we can hop on over to a grocery store or restaurant if we need a good meal, and in several cases, a woman delivering a child doesn’t have to worry about nearby wolves getting the scent of the placenta. Not to mention, whoa. Whoa, January Jones. You seriously are doing this. Wow.
Then again, maybe I’m just being close-minded on this one. Maybe January Jones is ushering in the future. Maybe by the time I have a kid, it’ll be standard procedure to whisk away the placenta, hang it up to dry for a few hours, then break off a few pieces for the new mothers. Whoa.